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Poster: cosmicolada Date: Sep 8, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

"People who create Art for profit are little more than lower class prostitutes."

Thank you! I've felt this way for some time, and I've been making films since 1970. (I was an "indie" before the term became trendy and cool.) Some of us do what we do simply for fun or art or personal expression, not for the almightly dollar. Having made a hundred short films over four decades, I'm working now to make my first feature-length film soon (likely my last film, too), and everyone I ask to help starts by asking about the budget and how I plan to market the film once completed. Market it? Hell, I plan to burn as many copies as I can and give them away for free to family and friends and interested strangers, that is how I plan to "market" my film! Everyone is so bottom-line hungry. Shallowness, ego, and the hunger for money and power seem to rule, these days more than ever.

Sorry if my post is OT, but I wanted to echo my similar feelings about your line that I cut-and-pasted above.

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Poster: garthus Date: Sep 8, 2009 3:44pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

cosmicolada,

Thank you, it is good to see that there still is some sanity out there when everthing today seems to have a price.

Gerry

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Sep 9, 2009 12:02am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

When I was well, I designed and made wooden toys, which I sold on a web site, my friends liked the idea that I used my profits to make more toys to donate to charity.

Professional people thought I was nuts, but if I had to make a living that way, I would have had the stress of deadlines, all the compliance paperwork, tax, insurance etc, and no longer enjoy my hobby.

It would just become hard work, and no longer fun. And one day, my designs will be here on the IA, they have already been copied from photos, and cheapened so not as good as mine.

Peter (and I am working towards a limited comeback)

This post was modified by Time Traveller on 2009-09-09 07:02:11

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Poster: cosmicolada Date: Sep 9, 2009 12:26am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

I think I understand. One of the things that has made me reluctant to upload any of my films to the IA or services like YouTube or Vimeo is the likelihood of someone copying and re-editing my films, altering the titles, images or sounds, making "mashups" as I've seen these things called. So I limit myself to burning DVDs of my films for people I know. In the 70s and 80s, it was a matter of running my films through a projector in an auditorium or classroom, which also made copying or tinkering virtually impossible. Not that I think my material is so great, but I just don't want to see my personal efforts f-ed with.

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:49am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

Don't forget, it is very wise to get written signed permission from every person whose face shows in your video, before you distribute a video.

Just getting a verbal okay, is not good, because they can change their mind after the video is shown, and say either they never agreed to anything, or you misunderstood them, or you misinformed them.

BTW, my face, is copyright, and before you can use my face in any work of art, you need my permission, and depending on usage of my face, I might expect a payment.

Think about Google Street Map cams, showing identifiable faces, eg, the person might not want people or police to know he/she was in that city.

Copyright, is a legal mine field, and as I have said in my writing's, the only winners in a copyright dispute are lawyers being paid on an hourly basis.

Amazing, 10 minutes ago, here in NZ, on a small network, I posted advice about copyright. If you got no money, you can not protect your copyright, however, the IA, rather than argue, will take anything off, the second they are advised there is a copyright dispute.

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=publisher%3A%22Time%20Traveller%22

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Poster: cosmicolada Date: Sep 9, 2009 9:31am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corporate Copyright and Intellectual Property Prostitution:

Oh, I know. Getting releases is one of the first things I learned in 1970, and it was reinforced in film school a few years later.

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